Traverse City, Mich – August 5, 2013 – The return of a popular local culinary event and an evening of bayside activities celebrating the region’s water-based sports and organizations is heading to the Open Space in downtown Traverse City August 16-17.
The weekend of events, produced by Porterhouse Productions, kicks off with the fourth annual Paella in the Park on Friday, August 16 from 5-11 p.m. The Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula (WOMP) and local craft beer and spirits will be featured at the summer culinary and music evening, paired with Spanish paellas prepared on-site by regional chefs from renowned local restaurants.
Each winery will host a station featuring 36” pans in which chefs will cook paella using featured wines from that vintner and fresh local ingredients. For the first time this year, the event will also feature a craft beer bar and a Bloody Mary bar featuring McClure’s Farmer’s Market Bloody Marys mixed with local spirits.
Chefs representing the participating local restaurants will prepare their own unique takes on paella at the event. Paella, a rice-based dish that boasts hundreds of variations using different ingredients, is one of Spain’s most popular food entrees. Festival attendees will have the opportunity to converse with local chefs about the art of making paella, as well as enjoy food and wine at each station.
The evening will be capped by live performances by Cuban orchestra Grupo Aye, renowned reggae band The Resolvers, champion beat-boxer Heatbox, popular local guitarist act Younce Guitar Duo and the amazing unicycling, juggling and fire-twirling of global star Jason Divad.
The festival weekend continues in the Open Space on Saturday, August 17 with the second annual Great Wakes Festival and TC Waterman Stand Up Paddle Board Nationals (SUPs). During the day, attendees can see over 250 SUPs on the bay, roam over 40 booths, including many staffed by water-based non-profits, and enjoy great food and family fun. The evening events, which will take place from 6-11 p.m. for adults aged 21+, will focus on a community celebration of water sports, activities and conservation efforts in one of Traverse City’s most scenic waterfront venues.
Three-time Grammy-winning Latin hip-hop/rock group Ozomatli will headline the evening’s entertainment, which will also include appearances by The Resolvers Big Band Reggae, Polynesian Dancers, performer Jason Divad and fitness gurus the AcroYoga Slackers. A Luau celebration will feature a traditional pig roast, fish tacos, and paellas. The bar will serve up local craft beer, wine, and McClure’s Bloody Marys.
Two other wonderful community events will take place in conjunction with the Great Wakes Festival – Paddle for Pints, TC Ale Trail’s Boardman River route, and TC Waterman, the Midwest’s premier stand up paddleboard event. For more information on how to participate in these two events, please visit their websites: http://tcaletrail.com/events/ and http://tcwaterman.com/.
The weekend of back-to-back events will mark the public’s first opportunity to experience Spectacular Structures, a brand-new mobile venue structure owned by Porterhouse Productions capable of hosting 4,000+ capacity events. The customizable tent is the first of its kind in the Midwest and will expand the region’s programming and event capabilities by providing a four-season, high-capacity venue for concerts, conferences, festivals, performances and corporate and private events. More information on Spectacular Structures will be available soon at www.tentvenue.com.
Tickets to Paella in the Park are on sale now at www.porterhouseproductions.com and are $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Tickets include a commemorative wine glass, (5) wine pour tokens, (3) 4 oz. servings of paella and all entertainment. Additional food and wine tickets will be available for purchase at the event.
Tickets to the Great Wakes Festival are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and include all festival entertainment and activities. Tickets can be purchased at www.porterhouseproductions.com.
Advance sales for both events are encouraged, as space is limited and previous events have sold out. Attendees must be 21+ for both evening events, no exceptions. For more information, visit www.porterhouseproductions.com.